Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRC TechWatch
Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRC TechWatch. Follow her on Twitter at @descarteslover.
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The number of Facebook’s enemies on the left is growing, and they’re making more and more demands including that CEO Mark Zuckerberg resign. A coalition of 31 left-wing groups, including the controversial Southern Poverty Law Center and at least 10 groups that have received funding from liberal billionaire George Soros, wrote to Zuckerberg on Dec. 18, 2018.
A new study has claimed Russia’s online interference tried to aid the conservative movement and Donald Trump. There’s a big problem with that assessment. It comes from a left-wing operation that previously classified more than 11 different conservative outlets as “junk news.” And two of those authors were also involved in this report.
Zeal for eradicating “hate speech” can go too far on Facebook. Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, a leader in the Islamic reform movement, posted a humorous Christmas video on December 11 mocking jihad. Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, a leader in the Islamic reform movement, posted a humorous Christmas video on December 11 mocking jihad. He was then promptly notified by Facebook that his video was removed and his account was suspended for 30 days, because he “repeatedly posted things that aren’t allowed on Facebook.”
Google’s CEO came to the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Dec.11, but was unwilling to play 21 questions. Five House representatives, from both political parties, asked CEO Sundar Pichai questions about Google’s involvement with China which he refused to answer again and again.
Google had a loud defender in the House Judiciary Committee — interestingly the company is also is his top donor. During the House Judiciary Committee hearing where Google CEO Sundar Pichai was testifying, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) opened fire against the House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Want your liberal bias on the go? Then Google has just the thing for you. Google Assistant is planning on offering a “radio-style on demand news” and it’s teaming up with liberal news outlets to do it.
There’s a lot of money to be made in Silicon Valley, which means there’s lot of cash to throw around at election time. Guess who get most of that money? Democrats. By a mile.
European officials are not happy with Facebook. The platform has run afoul of their regulations one too many times.
In an interview with BBC, former head of British intelligence agency GCHQ Robert Hannigan expressed his concerns about the social media site.
Threats from the United States to regulate Facebook are not the worst thing the company faces. In Europe, the social media platform is under attack as well. A British lawmaker, Damian Collins, published Facebook emails which show the company knowingly violating both U.S. Federal Trade Commission rules and gave data away to companies like Netflix and Lyft. Serving the international audience, where business strategies and capitalism aren’t as valued, comes with its own problems: Facebook now faces hostile European lawmakers who are seeking to regulate the company.
Facebook is eager to contain “hate speech” violations. But the platform can’t seem to protect some users from foreign scams.
Censorship on Facebook has reached a level of absurdity. Even seemingly innocuous Christmas images are considered too graphic for sensitive users.
Wikipedia is considered by many in the media to be “the Internet’s greatest store of knowledge.” But what happens when that knowledge is compromised?
Hate speech is the rallying cry of the left. And woe to any conservative who falls afoul of hate speech rules online.
At an Anti-Defamation League event on December 3, Apple CEO Tim Cook extolled the thought-policing standards of Apple and told the audience that anything resembling “division, hatred, or violence,” was not welcome on Apple platforms.
Because of the state funeral of George H.W. Bush, a highly anticipated hearing with Google CEO Sundar Pichai will be postponed.
Research has shown that Google has a habit of downranking conservative news in the search rankings. Now The Daily Caller has proof of employees wanting to do so. The Daily Caller published leaked emails from Google on November 30, which singled out the Caller and Breitbart as “opinion blogs” that should be downranked on Google Search.
Twitter seems to be unprepared to deal with answering Congress’ questions, so instead it backed off. The platform caused an uproar on November 25 when it permanently banned conservative pundit and former enlisted Jesse Kelly without explanation.
The scariest thing about Google Search is the algorithms and changes that users don’t see. Dr. Robert Epstein of AIRBT has spent years studying Google and the algorithms behind it. Dr. Robert Epstein of AIRBT has spent years studying Google and the algorithms behind it. In a study released in April of 2018, Epstein and his colleagues wrote of experiments done to prove that search suggestions can “be used to shift opinions and voting preferences dramatically and without people’s awareness.”
Conservatives should just suck it up and accept their online punishments, according to Politico. In an article criticizing the conservative backlash to Jesse Kelly’s ban on Twitter, Jack Shafer argued that there really wasn’t a reason for conservatives to be angry at Twitter.
Many in traditional media want to remove all conservatives from social media. After all, conservatives are like terrorists from their perspective. In an editorial written by The New York Times, “right-wing extremism” took center stage. The piece, headlined “The New Radicalization of the Internet,” warned that social media exacerbated the issue of a “body count of fanaticism.” The Times called for government regulation of social media to take down what it called “right-wing extremism.”
Twitter’s war on conservative thought claimed new victims over the holiday weekend. The PC banhammer struck down two popular accounts. The PC banhammer struck down two popular accounts. Jesse Kelly, a Marine, former congressional candidate, and radio host, was banned on November 25 from Twitter for “multiple violations of Twitter rules.” Far right journalist Laura Loomer was erased from the platform on November 21 for criticizing Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). In protest, popular account Instapundit deactivated, saying that “TWITTER’S GONE CRAZY BANNING PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT.”